Discover FL

Discover Florida

 

Want to get and explore all that Florida has to offer. Whatever your interests, you’ll find something fun — and cheap — to do!

Questions about any of these trips, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 863.680.4499.

Please note that Discover FL is for current students only and its one registration per student ID per trip. All event dates, times, locations, and prices are subject to change.

Registration becomes available one month prior to event.

Discover Florida 2016-2017


Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights -

Universal Studios

Thursday, October 6, 7:30 PM

Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll be immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror as you explore eight terrifying haunted houses, and make your way through multiple street experiences where creatures lurk around every turn.

Cost: $10.00
Time: 7:30 PM – 1:30 AM

TRIP FULL




Fall Break Trip - Universal Studios

Fall Break Trip - Universal Studios - Orlando

Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 AM

A fall break adventure is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier theme parks. Join us to visit Universal Studios! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access


TRIP FULL




Zip Lining

Zip Lining - Adventure Bridge

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do over Fall Break? Join us for our annual Zip Lining Trip in Ocala, FL. The zip lines total over a mile in distance and have been ranked the highest, longest, and fastest zip lines in Florida. Trip includes transportation, a 3 hour zip lining tour, and lunch!

Cost: - $10 refundable deposit
Limited access
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

Registration Opens: September 27




Fall Break Trip - Sea World

Fall Break Trip - Sea World - Orlando

Thursday, October 20, 10:00 AM

A fall break adventure is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier theme parks. Join us to visit Sea World! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access

Register



Shuttle to Shop | International Plaza

Shuttle to Shop | International Plaza - Tampa, Florida

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 AM

November’s Shuttle to Shop will be taking you to the distinctive International Plaza located in Tampa. This mall features over 200 specialty shops and the Tampa Bay area’s H&M. In addition to shops you can also check out Bay Street for a fun and unique dining option.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Register



Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding - Ocala

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 AM

Come back to Ocala with us as we travel back to Ocala for a horseback riding tour. Trip will include transportation, lunch, and a 2 hour and scenic horseback ride throughout The Canyons park.  You’ll ride through the woods and alongside our lakes, scenic vistas, and beside the enormous cliff walls.

Cost: There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

Registration Opens: October 25




Shuttle to Shop | Premium Outlets

Shuttle to Shop | Premium Outlets - Orlando

Saturday, November 12, 11:00 AM

This month’s Shuttle to Shop is taking you to the city of Orlando to one of its large outdoor outlets. The Orlando outlets feature over 180 designer stores for you to check out.

Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Opens: October 12




iFly Orlando

iFly Orlando - Orlando

Thursday, December 1, 8:00 AM

NEW! Join us on our very first indoor sky-diving trip! Earn your wings for the day and experience the equivalent of freefalling from 12,000 feet in two flights at iFly Orlando. Trip includes transportation, dinner, and two flights. 

Cost: There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

Registration Opens​: October 25




I Drive 360

I Drive 360 - Orlando

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 AM

Located in the heart of Orlando’s popular International Drive, the Orlando Eye’s 400 foot iconic observation wheel is the centerpiece of this metro-chic themed complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, clubs and shops. Joining the Orlando Eye as part of the I-Drive 360’s unique line-up of attractions are world-famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access

Registration Opens: December 14




Indoor Rock Climbing Trip

Indoor Rock Climbing Trip - Tampa

Thursday, January 19, 1:00 PM

Join us for our Indoor Rock Climbing trip! We will be traveling to Vertical Ventures in Tampa. Trip will include transportation, rock climbing, and dinner.

$10 refundable deposit
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

Registration Opens: January 10




Shuttle to Shop | Millenia

Shuttle to Shop | Millenia - Orlando

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 PM

The first Shuttle to Shop in 2017 will bring you to the upscale Mall at Millenia in Orlando. This dazzling selection of over 150 stores and restaurants will be sure to keep you busy.

Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Registration Opens: January 2




Wicked

Wicked - Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts, Lakeland

Saturday, January 28, 5:00 PM

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” Join us for a night at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts.

Cost: $25.00
Time: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Space is limited

Registration Opens: January 2




Shuttle to Shop | Tampa

Shuttle to Shop | Tampa - Tampa

Saturday, February 11, 11:00 AM

This month’s Shuttle to Shop is taking you to the city of Tampa to one to the area’s newest outdoor outlets. The Tampa Premium Outlets feature many designer stores for you to check out.

Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration Opens: January 11




Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers - Tampa

Tuesday, February 21, 5:00 PM

Join us and be the thunder as we cheer on the 2003-2004 Stanley cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for live NHL action.

Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 PM -
Limited access

Registration Opens: January 21




Love's Labour's Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater)

Love's Labour's Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater) - Orlando

Thursday, February 23, 5:00 PM

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where a young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas. The men soon find that love’s labor complicates and conquers all things in Shakespeare's boisterous romantic comedy about love and marriage.

Cost​: Free 
Time: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Registration Opens: January 23




Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic - Orlando

Sunday, February 26, 5:00 PM

The NBA’s Orlando Magic, who call the Amway Center in downtown Orlando home, are ready to offer you an exciting night of professional basketball. Don’t miss out.

(Date of event is subject to change).




Spring Break Trip - Typhoon Lagoon

Spring Break Trip - Typhoon Lagoon - Orlando

Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 AM

A spring break cool down is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier water parks. Join u to visit Typhoon Lagoon! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access

Registration Opens: February 7




Paddle Board Trip

Paddle Board Trip - Florida

Wednesday, March 8, 8:00 AM

NEW! If you will be on campus during spring break, you won’t want to miss out on our new paddleboard trip! This private paddle boarding tour will provide expert training for all abilities. Trip includes transportation, paddle boarding, and lunch.

Cost: There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

Registration Opens​: February 21




Spring Break Trip - Aquatica

Spring Break Trip - Aquatica - Orlando

Thursday, March 9, 10:00 AM

A spring break cool down is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier water parks. Join us to visit Aquatica! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access

Registration Opens: February 10




Beach Day

Beach Day - Clearwater Beach

Saturday, April 1, 10:00 AM

If it’s one thing that Florida is known for it’s definitely its beaches. If you are in need of a post spring break beach day, join us as we head to Clearwater Beach. This broad white sand beach is sure to provide plenty of fun in the sun. We will also bring along some box lunches just in case you get hungry!

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
​Limited access


Registration Opens: March 1




Paintball Trip

Paintball Trip - Lakeland

Thursday, April 20, 12:00 PM

A student favorite trip—Paintball!! Join us as we go to Off The Wall Adventures for our annual paintball trip. Trip will include transportation, two hours of paintball, and dinner.

There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration. 
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

Registration Opens: March 28



Looking for something to do this weekend?

Stop by the the Business Office in the Raulerson Building to purchase discounted tickets to local theme parks.

Cash, checks, debit and credit cards are accepted.

Disney including Magic Kingdom ($90), EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios ($62)

Call the Business Office at 863.680.4154 for information about Disney blackout dates and availability.

Universal including Single Park ($74) and Park to Park ($94)

Busch Gardens – 1 Day ($65)

Sea World – 1 Day ($65)

Aquatica – 1 Day ($31)

Legoland

Local Events & Attractions

20 Miles or Less

  • Circle B Bar Reserve (Winter Haven)
  • First Fridays (Downtown Lakeland)
    First Friday every month
    Free
  • Food Truck Rally (Downtown Lakeland)
    Second Thursday every month
  • FSC Waterfront Kayaking (On Campus)
  • Hollis Wellness Center Equipment Rental (On Campus)
  • Legoland (Winter Haven)
  • Mayfaire by the Lake (Downtown Lakeland)
    Mother’s Day Weekend For details, visit the Polk Museum of Art
  • Pigfest (Lakeland)
  • Sun ’n Fun (Lakeland)

40 Miles or Less

  • Adventure Island (Tampa)
  • Alafia River State Park (Lithia)
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa)
  • The Florida Aquarium (Tampa)
  • I-Drive 360 (Orlando)
  • Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa)
  • Walt Disney World (Orlando)

50 Miles or Less

  • Manatee Viewing Center (Apollo Beach)
  • Universal Orlando (Orlando)
  • Wet ‘n Wild (Orlando)

70 Miles or Less

  • Clearwater Beach (Clearwater)
  • The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Fort de Soto Park (St. Petersburg)
  • Madeira Beach (Madeira)